Son in dock for dad’s death

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IOL news nov 6 gavel_sep 4 Independent Newspapers Two men, one of them the son of a murdered clergyman, appeared in the Harrismith Magistrate's Court.

Free State - Two men, one of them the son of a murdered clergyman, appeared in the Harrismith Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Martin Brits, 28, and Elliot Mhlambi, 41, face charges relating to the murder of Dutch Reformed Church reverend Willem Brits, 60, in Harrismith on Thursday.

His future son-in-law Gerhard Vermeulen, 25, was also killed in the attack in the reverend's home.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the men were not asked to plead. Mhlambi requested legal aid.

The cleric was in the living room with his wife, his son and Vermeulen when three intruders entered.

The assailants locked Martin Brita in the bathroom. He was not hurt.

Vermeulen was shot in the head and died on the scene. The reverend was wounded and was taken to hospital where he died on Friday morning.

His 59-year-old wife was also taken to hospital, and was treated for injuries.

Mhlambi was arrested on Friday when police found him walking on the N3 in bloodied clothes.

He was found in possession of five cellphones and an unlicensed firearm. One of the phones belonged to the family.

Martin Brits, who was reportedly an adopted son of the murdered clergyman, was arrested on Friday after a lengthy police interrogation.

Both men will remain behind bars until their next appearance on November 19.

Mhlambi faces charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and robbery. - Sapa


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